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2.28.20 … “None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (3/40), 2020 Labyrinth Walks, Sardis Baptist Church – Charlotte NC:

“None of your knowledge, your reading, your connections will be of any use here: two legs suffice, and big eyes to see with. Walk alone, across mountains or through forests. You are nobody to the hills or the thick boughs heavy with greenery. You are no longer a role, or a status, not even an individual, but a body, a body that feels sharp stones on the paths, the caress of long grass and the freshness of the wind. When you walk, the world has neither present nor future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings. Always the same thing to do all day: walk. But the walker who marvels while walking (the blue of the rocks in a July evening light, the silvery green of olive leaves at noon, the violet morning hills) has no past, no plans, no experience. He has within him the eternal child. While walking I am but a simple gaze.”

-Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking

I can’t believe I am already rushing to fit in a Labyrinth walk.

I drove back to Charlotte today and intended to stop at one of the many labyrinths that are easily accessible from I 85, but I got distracted, and in the end, I arrived in Charlotte at 2:30 PM and had not done my labyrinth walk. I’m doing a lot of sorting and when I came up for air, I realized that it was getting dark. So I set off for the closest labyrinth. And oh how the day had changed. It was now windy and cold and cloudy and looked like a storm was coming in. I even saw that we might get some frozen precipitation…maybe some graupel!

“Graupel is often referred to also as a soft hail, snow grains or snow pellets. It forms when you have some warmer air at the surface and very cold air aloft. Usually you get this when we have strong upper level lows and just chilly enough air at the surface to allow the graupel to reach the ground. Pretty much exactly the type of set-up we have today. You can also get this mixed in with thunder-snow like we had back in February.”

I chose Sardis Baptist for my walk today because it is close and because they have gorgeous daffodils in the garden around the labyrinth.

As I pulled up, it began to drizzle and the wind really picked up. This walk was going to be a quick one.

Across the street from Sardis Baptist is Providence Day School. I’ve walked this labyrinth many times, and I’ve never seen the lacrosse team practicing. So today I was entertained by the lacrosse team. They were a noisy bunch.

This is also the labyrinth where there’s not enough contrast in the colors of the pavers. As a result, when it is damp, it is very difficult to see the path. And it was today.

There are seven concentric paver circles at the center. So my list today will be things that come in sevens… This is one of my favorite centers because it has a millstone which makes for a nice place to sit down on a sunny day, but that was not today. As I walked the center I thought of things that come in sevens… Days of the week, dwarfs,

Some of the things that come in group of 7s (septet or heptad)

  1. Days in the week.
  2. Continents
  3. Seas
  4. Colors in a rainbow .
  5. Days for God to create the world.
  6. Deadly sins
  7. Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  8. Wonders of the World
  9. The Lotus flower on Buddha’s pedestal has 7 petals
  10. When they tie the knot, couples take 7 steps around the fire to unite.
  11. In our solar system there are 7 physical planets that have influence over humanity.
  12. In the Bible you will read about 7 Seals and 7 Churches.
  13. 7 year itch – Scientists found out many years ago that changes in human beings biologically occur in 7 years.
  14. Harry Potter Series
  15. Words you can’t say on Television
  16. Chakra areas of the human body
  17. Sacraments in the Catholic Church
  18. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs … of special importance to Lindseys

But what I noticed most were the flowers today, not only daffodils, but there were Lilly of the Valley, I presume, and Lenten Rose, as well. And the sky was magnificent as it changed colors with the brewing storm.

When I got home I looked up early spring flowers …

Blessings …

2.28.20




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